Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Power of One

We had a visit from Soren Bennick Productions last week. We learnt about the Power of One. Do you remember the pledge?
(Image copywrite Soren Bennick productions)

Year Five Spelling

We will be having an Autumn Term Bumper Test next Tuesday.

That's right - a test on all of the spelling words you've been given this term. The test will be out of thirty.

Make sure you revise all of your corrections - and focus on the words and spelling patterns that you don't feel confident about.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Year Five and Six Comprehension

Year Six
Please complete the Gothic 'Count Dracula' comprehension. Learn more about gothic stories here.

Due: Wednesday

Year Five
Please complete the 'Evacuee' comprehension, which has a focus on identifying descriptive techniques.

Due: Wednesday

Friday, 26 November 2010

Year Six Reading Weekend

Well done on completing your second Mock - results on Monday!

Weekend homework:
1. Please use the weekend to get into a really good book (or two!)

Please ask Mum or Dad to write in your reading passport how many pages you read!

2. Next week we will be revising action techniques & writing longer descriptions as we look at gothic novels.

Year Five Descriptive Writing: World War II Air-Shelter

Please complete the WWII air-shelter description task. Write 8-10 lines. Try to include all of the descriptive techniques.

Due: Monday.

Don't forget you can revise by listening to this Bald Worm 'just a minute' revision guide:

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Year Six Noir: 'Femme Fatale' Story using Suspense Techniques

Task: Write a Noir story entitled 'Femme Fatale'. Focus on including suspense techniques. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Due: Tomorrow.

Listen to the Bald Worm revision 'mini-guide' podcast:

Monday, 22 November 2010

Year Five: Dialogue & It's and Its

We have been learning about 'its' and 'it's', and beginning the Noir unit.

It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

Its is a possessive pronoun meaning 'of it' or 'belonging to it'.

If you can replace it[']s in your sentence with it is or it has, then your word is it's; otherwise, your word is its.

Revise by listening to this Bald Worm podcast:

Please write a dialogue between a hard-boiled detective and a 'dame' in a speakeasy. They are discussing a crime the dame would like the detective to commit. Try to include both 'its' and 'its' as part of your dialogue!

Write 1 side of A4.

Due: Tomorrow

Year 5 Spelling Homework: Words beginning with 'Para'

Please learn the words beginning with para for our test next Tuesday.

P.S. Don't forget to bring in the D-Day landing comprehension and your 'flat classroom' project notes tomorrow!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Year Five and Six Comprehension: Questions about Figurative Language

Both Year Five and Six are thinking about questions about figurative language in 11+ comprehension examinations. Why not listen to the latest Bald Worm in Just a Minute revision podcast?

Year Six
Please complete the suspense comprehension.

Due: Wednesday

Year Five
Year Five have been starting to learn how to answer questions about similes.

Task: Please complete the D-Day landing comprehension.

Due: Wednesday

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Year 5 and 6 Composition: Characterisation & 'Flat Classrooms'

Year Six
Please write a second draft of the 'Trout' continutation. Remember to focus on your use of characterisation.

Listen to the 'just a minute' guide to writing dialogue:

...and the guide to 'showing, not telling'

Task: Please write your first draft of the 'Woods' writing task; focus on your use of characterisation.

Next week: Noir stories!

Year Five
Please complete your research for your area of our 'flat classroom' project.

Bring in your notes next Wednesday.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Year Six: Memorise Our Story Structure!

Please learn 'by heart' as much of the information on the 'Story Structure' sheet as you can. Walk around the house, mutter to yourself, cover up the sheet and try to copy it out by hand...do whatever you need to do to help you remember all the different techniques you can include in a short story.

I'll give your first 'test' on this tomorrow - but don't worry if you haven't quite learnt it all by Friday. Just make a start tonight!

Want another copy of the sheet. Download 'Memorise Bald Worm's story structure' from my area at box.net

Monday, 15 November 2010

Latest Bald Worm 'Just A Minute...' 11+ Revision Podcast: Dialogue

Why not download my 'just a minute' teacher podcast and listen to it on your iPod as you revise for the 11+ examinations?

Year Five and Six Spelling Homework: Words that begin with 'Circ' and 'Circum' & the Nine Parts of Speech

Year Six
1. Please learn the 'nine parts of speech' - 'test' next Tuesday
2. Please learn the speech spelling verbs

Year Five
1. Please learn the words beginning with 'circ' or 'circum'; test next Tuesday.

Don't forget that you can learn through play at Spelling City.

2. Why not try conversing with the others in your group at Edmodo? Don't forget to read through the project outline at the shared A Week in the Life Flatclassroom(TM) wiki!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Year Five and Six Comprehension Homework

Year Six
We have been looking at writing a comprehension paper under timed conditions.

Task: Please complete the 2010 Notting Hill paper.

Due: Wednesday

Year Five:
We have been looking at those questions which require you to say if you enjoyed the passage.

Task: Please complete the 'Nasty Scratch' comprehension

Due: Monday.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Year 6 and 5 weekend composition homework

Year Five
You have been writing action scenes.

Please write the story of you escape from the prison camp. You must include an action scene.

Don't forget that you can download a Bald Worm guide to writing an action scene and listen to it on your iPod!

Year Six
Write a second draft of the 'A Drink of Water' story continuation.

Don't forget to try to write a 'perfect' opening paragraph.

Due: Monday.

Year Six: Using the Punctuation Pyramid & Varied Sentence Openings to Create 'Perfect Paragraphs'

1. Please write a second draft of your description of Oliver in the workhouse.

2. Please annotate the finished second draft with a gel pen, showing me where you have used different punctuation and sentence openers.

Feeling clever? Pay particular attention to the length of your paragraphs.

Due: Tomorrow

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Year Six: Varied Sentence Openings and Year Five: Writing an Action Scene using Powerful Verbs

Homework: Please write the first ten lines of a story entitled ‘Can I Have Some More?’ Use all six sentence openers.

Please complete the self-assessment for self-improvement sheet.

Due: Thursday 11th

Year Five
Please complete the 'soldiers having a play fight' task. Don't forget to use lots of powerful verbs, please.

Due: Thursday 11th

Monday, 8 November 2010

Year 5 and 6 Comprehension

Year Six neeed to complete the 2009 NHE paper. Due: Wednesday.

Year Five are completing the action techniques comprehension. Due: Wednesday.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Year Six Fiction: Redraft the 'Continue a Passage' Story

Please redraft your 'Flood' story. Focus on the use of the punctuation pyramid, e.g. include semi-colons, colons, brackets and the bracketing comma.

Due: Monday

Year Five Fiction: Action Techniques Poster

In class, you used our Apple Macs to research our action techniques!

Homework Task: Please create an A4 poster that includes all of the Bald Worm techniques. The challenge?

1. You must create it out of recycled 'writing', e.g. clippings from newspapers, magazines or the side of a corn flakes box...Be creative - and share our action techniques with the world.

2. Try to include appropriate images, e.g. a photograph of someone in pain for 'show how much it hurts'

Due: Wednesday

Monday, 1 November 2010

Year Five 'Flat Classroom (TM)' Project and 'Bi-' Spellings; Year Six Words with Unstressed Vowels

Year Five are taking part in the very first Elementary School Flat Classroom™ Project. Wow!

We have been taking part in the Edmodo handshake! You'll only be able to view if you're part of this project, but trust us - Edmodo is really cool!

Spelling Homework
Please complete the 'bi-' look-cover-check and write your example sentences. Look the words up in a dictionary if you don't know them, and don't forget you can learn through playing the the games at Spelling City.

Test next Tuesday

Year Six
Please revise the words with unstressed vowels. You too can play educational games to help you learn the spellings.

Test next Tuesday

Year Six Comprehension: Alternative Method of Reading a Paper

We've been learning an alternative method for reading a comprehension paper!

Please complete the NHE 'Conker' comprehension

Due: Thursday